Wrapping up its non-conference schedule this season, the UCF women’s soccer team was looking for a bounce-back win against Georgetown.
Wearing retro FTU Citronaut jerseys, the Knights (5-2-1) controlled the ball in the offensive zone and were able to put up three goals on the Hoyas (4-4-0) in the first half. That would prove enough as the Knights took home a 3-1 victory Friday night.
“We have grown with every game and even in the loss to FSU. I think, even though we lost, that game does not hurt us,” head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said. “We learned so much about ourselves in that game, and we’ve improved since last weekend. So I am really happy with where we are at.”
The Knights started the scoring when sophomore defender Saga Fredriksson played a smooth pass to the feet of Ashley Spivey, who took it into the box and put it into the back of the net for her fifth goal of the season.
Fredriksson recorded her second assist of the game when she took the ball into the Georgetown zone and delivered a perfect cross to Carol Rodrigues, who headed it past the Hoyas’ keeper to make it 2-0.
With 17 minutes to go in the first half, the Knights got their final goal of the night. Redshirt senior Madison Barney’s set piece kick was met at the top of the box by sophomore Hannah DeBose, who headed it into the back of the net for her first career goal as a Knight.
“In practice, we train to flick it on, so I was basically doing that and, with the keeper out really far, it ended up going in,” DeBose said.
The Knights were unable to complete the shutout as Georgetown got a goal on the board with 16 minutes to play. Senior Crystal Thomas’s shot to the bottom right of the net went in.
The Knights will look to build off the momentum as they head into American Athletic Conference play at home against Temple on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Matthew Saunders is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.